This Psychology Diploma course is an amazing chance to gather more knowledge on this enthralling subject area. The qualification is perfect for any one looking to gain a further knowledge of psychology and improve their understanding of key concepts in this branch of science.
Since this is a Level 4 course, we advise that you only enrol if you have a previous qualification in psychology or a background in this area.
|Study time:||140 hours|
|Enrolment length:||12 months|
|Course format:||Paper based pack|
|Assignments:||8 written tasks|
|Entry requirements:||None specific|
Unit 1: Defining Psychology and History
Psychology is the academic discipline and science of understanding the role of the mind, or cognition, in individual and social behaviour for both the human race and the animal kingdom.
As you might imagine, this is no easy task. We can’t see into the mind and only have limited means to see activity in the brain when we think. Plus how one person or group behaves in a given situation isn’t necessarily how another reacts. Animals are more predictable in some ways but have the added issue that they can’t vocalise what they are thinking the way humans can.
Unit 2: Research methods in Psychology
Psychologists use research methods to uncover new information about human behaviour. They collect empirical evidence rather than use intuition or ‘common sense’ and their methods should be repeatable and valid. The ethics and practicalities of how to design and implement an experiment need to be well thought through, as does the analysis of data collected and its presentation.
Unit 3: Psychological abnormality
Psychological abnormality can have many different impacts on a persons life. Abnormalities can manifest in many different ways for a person and it can take a lot of effort to overcome psychological difficulties which may be experienced.
Unit 4: Behaviour and experience
Bio-psychology is the study of the physiological systems we find in our bodies and how they affect the way we think and behave. We start by looking at the biological aspects as a starting level, consider addiction as an area where chemicals affect our physiology in a measurable psychological manner. We then go on to consider more complex issues of motivation, emotion and stress.
Unit 5: Cognitive psychology
Cognitive psychology deals with the area of thinking – primarily that of human beings. As thinking takes place in the brain which is internal rather than external, it has to interpret or ‘perceive’ the information it receives from our senses. To do this, we need attention, a language to process this interpretation and a memory to store the results and build experience.
Unit 6: Social psychology
Social Psychology deals with how people interact with others as individuals, in families, in groups, cultures and society as a whole. While it shares aspects in common with sociology, Social Psychology is more interested in the models of thinking and perception of the individual within social frameworks than with the structure and functions of society.
Unit 7: Comparative psychology
The study of animal psychology is a useful one because animals are easy to control and tend to behave consistently. This means that data collection is more reliable. From observing animal behaviour we’re often able to make comparisons with our own species and understand human behaviour. Hence, this area of study is known as comparative psychology.
Unit 8: Developmental psychology
Human beings do not remain the same from birth to old age. We go through a number of complex physiological, emotional and psychological changes as well as having to deal with our individual life events which shape who we are, how others see us and how we see ourselves.
Developmental psychology used to deal exclusively with the aspect of childhood development for this is the period where we see the most obvious and dramatic changes both physically and psychologically. However, in recent decades it has been recognised that our psychological development continues throughout our lives and now this area has been expanded to be seen as ‘lifetime development’.